A Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC thinktanks and ''finally did it.''
Aside from all the obvious reasons this is a problem, such as many of the major think tanks essentially setting American foreign policy, ISI is a particular problem as it supports the terrorists that we're fighting including Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
How extensive is the infiltration? That much is unclear. But considering that the Saudis and Qataris and Kuwaitis have a headlock on much of the foreign policy coming out of many think tanks, ISI's infiltration is comparatively small potatoes.
WASHINGTON: A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated thinktanks in the US capital.
Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan's military-intelligence's stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book 'Military Inc', shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) thinktanks and ''finally did it.''
''The only problem with this approach is they are sending unqualified people (mostly) to compete with Indians in the US,'' Siddiqa continued, adding, ''non-PhDs'' without any publication record will not be taken seriously in the US capital.
A major priority for Pakistan is India. Unlike the Saudis who have bigger game in mind, Pakistan's forays into terrorism are about India first. And then killing infidels in general. The ISI's policy of supporting the Taliban paid off big time after September 11, when the US lavished Pakistan with huge amounts of support.
The question is what is Pakistan's post-withdrawal plan.